Jerry Dennis, Personal Essay and Nature Writing

Michigan native Jerry Dennis has earned his living writing about nature and the outdoors for more than 25 years. His essays and short fiction in such publications as Audubon, Smithsonian, Orion, Epoch, Michigan Quarterly Review, and the New York Times have won many awards and are frequently reprinted and anthologized. His eleven books, including The Living Great Lakes, The Windward Shore, and the recently reissued It’s Raining Frogs and Fishes, have appeared on national bestseller lists, have been translated into five languages, and are taught in many universities and high schools. Among Jerry's awards are the Michigan Author of the Year Award, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, and The Great Lakes Culture Award.

Jerry lives with his wife, Gail, near the shore of Lake Michigan not far from Traverse City, Michigan.

Workshop: Writing the Sense of Place

Place is a crucial element in many of our greatest books, stories, essays, and poems, yet some writers treat place as if it were mere background. In this workshop we’ll explore ways to capture and evoke the unique sense or “character” of a place, both as a literary form of its own and as a way to instill depth, texture, and authenticity in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Daily writing assignments -- including sketching from observation and writing from memory -- will be shared with the group and discussed, with the goal of completing work suitable for publication.

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